While its Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference rival Regis moved up to seventh in this weeks top-25 rankings, the Fort Lewis College mens soccer team climbed five spots to 17th.
The FLC womens soccer program dropped from second to 14th in the polls.
It was good to see us move up in the rankings, FLC mens coach Oige Kennedy said in a news release. We had a tough week with three tough games. There was a lot of road travel ... I think we spent over 40 hours in the bus in the last two weeks.
FLC (4-1-1, 1-0-1 RMAC) went 2-0-1 last week, beating California Baptist 1-0 on Monday in Gilbert, Ariz., beating Colorado Mesa 1-0 in double overtime Friday in Grand Junction, then playing archrival Colorado School of Mines to a scoreless draw Sunday in its home opener.
Yannis Becker, who scored the golden goal against the Mavericks, was named the RMAC Offensive Player of the Week on Tuesday. The freshman from Sittensen, Germany, scored the game-winning goal against California Baptist, and he leads FLC with four goals three game-winners and nine points in six games.
Yannis has had a great offensive output for a freshman and has come up big in some very tight games, Kennedy said. I think well see a lot more in the future as he get more used to the system that we play.
Lynn was ranked first in this weeks National Soccer Coaches Association of America top-25 poll, followed by Seattle Pacific, Long Island Post and Gannon (Pa.), all 6-0-0. Rockhurst (Mo.) is ranked fifth.
FLC will host Adams State at 3:30 p.m. Friday and UC-Colorado Springs at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Dirks Field.
Weve got two more home games this weekend and hope to get some big support, Kennedy said.
The FLC womens soccer side will start the mens/womens doubleheader both days at Dirks Field; FLC will host Adams State at 1 p.m. Friday and UCCS at 1 p.m. Sunday.
FLC (4-0-1, 1-0-1 RMAC) played Colorado Mesa to a scoreless tie Friday in Grand Junction, then beat Colorado Mines 1-0 on Sunday at home. FLC is the only RMAC-ranked team in this weeks poll.
I think our kids are beyond concern with the rankings, FLC womens coach Damian Clarke said in a news release. Their focus is winning games. I think this weekend presents two very difficult games against clubs that have gained a lot of confidence and improved a lot.
Grand Valley State is ranked first, followed by Sonoma State, Saint Rose (N.Y.), West Florida and North Georgia.